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Cha Cha Chicken

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Santa Monica
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1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1044
310-581-1684
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Today
11:00 am - 9:30 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 88
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
don't be put off by the surroundings ,the food is great

They have basically covered over part of the sidewalk with cheap seats and chairs.That said ,if you like or would like to try authentic african food ,this is a good place to start ,just a few minutes walk from the pier.We really enjoyed the meal ,which was very reasonably priced. note you need to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
chrisatholywell
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Malvern Wells, United Kingdom
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Malvern Wells, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They have basically covered over part of the sidewalk with cheap seats and chairs.That said ,if you like or would like to try authentic african food ,this is a good place to start ,just a few minutes walk from the pier.We really enjoyed the meal ,which was very reasonably priced. note you need to bring your own if you want... More 

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New York City, New York
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105 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Cha Cha is 2 blocks from the beach. You can sit in or out. Very informal, huge portions (very well cooked) and so 'Cali'. It's perfect. You order at the windows and they bring it to your table -BYO for alcohol. We loved it for lunch or brunch.

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Thank 749David
Kissimmee, Florida
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I tried one of their Aguas Frescas, mango-guava. It was delicious! Not one pinch of artificial sugars. Very very good. I didn't stay to eat because it was cold and very windy outside and they don't really have a warm area.

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Thank DaniCadiz5
Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My best friend and I shared the best lunch at Cha Cha Chicken! We have passed this place for almost 10 years and never stepped inside! This time we took the plunge! We were able to find a table outside (this place is crowded), the atmosphere, scenery, fresh air....perfect! The staff was helpful. The dishes all looked tasty, but we... More 

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Thank 11vegasbaby11
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place. Very relaxed atmosphere and byob. The food was good, I'm vegetarian and had the vege tortillas. Realy nice.

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Thank Andrew K
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our hotel was right near this place. We had a great cheap meal here after a big day of sightseeing. Food was good and served very quickly, price was great. It's BYO alcohol but the lemonade was fantastic!

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Thank EllenA1988
Escalante, Utah
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can't think of a better place than the Carribean to eat some truly delightful, savory and sweet saucy Carribean chicken. The fried plantains were outstanding and I loved the red cabbage slaw. I think it was worth the wait on a casual beach day. I will be back.

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Thank RangerNate
Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

And it's a BYOB. Jerk chicken enchiladas, coconut crusted chicken, blackened spicy shrimp all served out of what looks like a converted food truck. Christmas lights surround an outside eating area. Delicious food in a festive, casual atmosphere.

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Thank annpoole25
Marco Island, Florida
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

I was looking for a cool affordable place to treat my son and a group of his twenty-something friends and found this on TripAdvisor. The food was spectacular and you get so much of it! All tables are outside, although there is a porch-like area with heaters, which we needed the night of our visit. It was very comfortable and... More 

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Thank Marc0mama
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Tried the jerk chicken enchiladas and the jerk combo. Both were great and both come with rice and fried plantains. Staff is friendly. Recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1044
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-581-1684

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Caribbean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 am
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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